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BSF chief hails momentum as 125,000th pupil benefits

Building Schools for the Future chief Tim Byles has hailed the £55 billion programme’s “momentum” as the 125,000th pupil is set to benefit from it this month.

In January, 13 schools will open - new or refurbished - under the BSF or academies schemes to overhaul England’s secondary school estate.

Mr Byles, chief executive of schools capital project delivery body Partnerships for Schools, said: “While snow and ice may have delayed the start of term for many young people across the country, many are now returning at the start of 2010 to brand new learning environments, 21st century facilities and state-of-the-art ICT.

“The latest cohort of openings includes the first BSF-funded schools for Torbay in Devon and the London Borough of Southwark, and also the final two schools to be completed in Knowsley.”

He added: “With 18 BSF projects joining the programme in the current financial year to date, and more schools opening throughout 2010, this sense of momentum is testament to the resolute focus and determination of all parties involved in the programme to deliver truly inspiring environments in which every young person is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential and have the start they deserve.”

In November 2009, 12 more BSF projects were given the green light to rebuild or refurbish schools in their area. More local authorities expected to join in spring 2010.